Savings Seats On Southwest Airlines Is The Right Thing To Do, With One Exception [Roundup]

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  1. Yikeee glad I checked the link – pls don’t like to Wash Examiner/stormfront/Federalist/InfoWars/etc. Basic decency, but also a lot of us visit this site on work equipment! Or at a minimum warn with this sort of thing

  2. It’s not OK to save seats on Southwest for more than say 1 minute. The people you are flying with should be in nearly the same boarding position so getting on the plane within a few moments of you. It is also not OK for one person in your party to buy up to early boarding and then plan to save seats for the entire group. This devalues the other people who bought up to early boarding.

    Imagine you are so cheap that your family is C10, C11, and C12 because you are cheap or plan poorly but you buy up to A16. So the people who bought up to A17-B30 all lost value because you are taking 3 seats out of inventory that they could choose freely without some argument from you. Airline seats are a perishable item. This doesn’t even mention that people who put more effort or had earned status to be on the plane at C9 or lower but you cheated them out of that as well.

    I won’t even go into preboarding as we all know the 20 wheelchair fakers per plane that do this that are even worse.

  3. LUV to play the reserved seat game on SW.
    I will point my finger across their face and say in an elevated voice: “Is someone sitting there!?!?”
    I’ve gotten moans, groans, grimace, and the Evil Eye….especially on exit row seats.
    That why I avoid SW unless it’s the only convenient flight which is not always the cheapest.
    Otherwise, I fly airlines with assigned seating.

  4. We only save seats when traveling with our children. It ensures our family of 6 will take up exactly 2 rows, and minimizes the delays of getting on at different times, shuffling around, asking/begging people to move or “trade”, etc. As the middle seats are undesirable we’re only actually saving 3 “desirable” seats and in some ways you could say we’re removing 2 “undesirable rows” (rows where every seat is taken and nobody has the open extra seat next to them).

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